The Intensive English Program is an academic preparation course designed to help international students make the transition to American academic life through full-time instruction in English as a second language.

Many of our students go on to study at a college or university in the United States at the undergraduate or graduate level when their English improves.

What you will learn

Our program provides classroom instruction in all language skill areas:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Pronunciation

We will also teach you academic study skills so you are ready to succeed at an American college or university. These skills include:

  • Test-taking and note-taking skills
  • Critical reading and writing
  • Research and library skills

About the program

Students enroll in two required core classes and an optional elective each term and are engaged in these classes for 20 to 24 hours per week. Classes are divided into 10 levels according to language proficiency. Our highest levels make up a concentrated preparation program to help students transition to university classes.

Four hours per week are devoted to special-interest electives, which may be taken optionally and at extra cost. TOEFL iBT Preparation, offered each term, is available to students who have high-intermediate to advanced language proficiency. The elective offerings vary by session, but typically include American Idioms, Orientation to American Culture, Skills for University Success, Advanced Academic Listening, American Media, and Business English.